Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Many of the Department's interdisciplinary clinical and educational programs are centered at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Associated institutions at which clinical and training activities take place include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann and Robert Lurie Children's Hospital, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and a number of freestanding outpatient locations throughout the Midwest. The combined resources and facilities available to students, residents, and faculty members are diverse, as are the experiences provided to our professionals and trainees.

The Department has physical space located in Abbott Hall on the Chicago Campus. This space houses the primary administrative offices of the Department Chair, and key administrative staff. Several faculty also have office and research space housed in Abbott Hall.

Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center for Education and Research (NUPOC) is located in the historic 680 North Lake Shore Drive Building on the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine campus in Chicago. This state-of-the-art education and research center provides Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) students with a comprehensive learning environment that enables them to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to provide the highest level of care. Highlights of this custom-designed space include dual smart classrooms, modern assessment and fitting rooms, patient care areas, a human gait and motion analysis laboratory, conference rooms, and comprehensive manufacturing laboratories. The educational, fabrication, and research facilities at NUPOC are designed to meet the expectations of today's student and to train tomorrow's P&O practitioner.

In March 2017, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) evolved to become the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Established in 1954, the AbilityLab is the world's largest free-standing hospital especially designed for patient care, education, and research in physical medicine and rehabilitation. AbilityLab has been recognized as the "Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America" since 1991 by U.S. News & World Report. It offers programs and services through its patient care services, advocacy and community outreach efforts to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. AbilityLab operates a flagship hospital in Chicago as well as a network of DayRehabCenters and outpatient centers located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. It also maintains strategic alliances with other healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and north central Indiana.

The goal of our medical residency and fellowship programs are to provide residents with broad based comprehensive training in all aspects of our specialties. While centered at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, training also occurs at our outpatient facilities including the Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Center, and the Chronic Pain Outpatient Center and affiliated hospitals including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Ann and Robert Lurie Children's Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Clinically residents rotate through all inpatient units at The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab including pediatrics and participate in a number of outpatient rotations providing trainees with a balanced clinical experience and exposure to all major disabilities.

Also located on the Chicago Campus, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 1999 opened a $650-million inpatient pavilion and ambulatory care facility, the latter portion in partnership with the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. The 744-bed hospital also includes the Stone Institute of Psychiatry and Prentice Women's Hospital and Maternity Center. Members of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation serve in Northwestern Memorial's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

The Ann and Robert Lurie Children's Hospital moved into its brand-new facility in June 2012 on the Chicago Campus of Northwestern University. It is a 23-story state-of-the-art hospital. Many of its programs will be enhanced, such as the 36-room Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit that occupies the entire 15th floor, where cardiology and cardiovascular surgery patients will stay from admission to discharge. It will be one of the few pediatric units of its kind in the nation, providing the expertise, technology and comprehensive resources to treat a wide range of complex heart conditions from infancy through young adulthood. The hospital has an expanded trauma care capabilities to include three trauma/procedure rooms, four nurse triage rooms, two diagnostic radiology rooms and one dedicated CT scanner.

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (formerly VA Chicago Health Care System) provides inpatient care at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center's West Side facility, which features 209 general medical and surgical beds. A shuttle service takes students, residents, and faculty members between NU's campus and the West Side facility. The hospital has a rehabilitation unit managed by FSM PM&R faculty.

The Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians in a wide array of specialties. In a typical year, physicians and highly skilled nursing staff care for more than 20,000 inpatients, 149,000 outpatients and 35,000 emergency patients, and handle 142,000 patient visits to primary care and specialty centers. Located in the Lakeview neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois Masonic Medical also is home to one of the Chicago area's leading Level I trauma centers. The hospital has a rehabilitation unit managed by FSM PM&R faculty.